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Advanced Unit Operations & “Dairy Economics” Short Course

May 14 @ 8:00 am - May 15 @ 5:00 pm

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This workshop focuses on the fundamentals and building blocks of dairy processing. Hands-on demonstrations in the pilot plant, equipment displays/demos. No pre-requisites needed, open to all dairy processing staff.

Program Schedule

Instructors: CalPoly faculty and staff, industry representatives, equipment and process suppliers, expert consultants.

Embark on a comprehensive journey into the intricate world of unit operations for the dairy industry. Gain a deep understanding of dairy economics and explore the impactful relationship between feed economics and milk composition. Delve into the core of dairy unit operations, covering aspects of milk production and composition, thermal treatments, and membrane separation, equipping yourself with the knowledge needed to navigate these critical processes. Broaden your perspective with an overview of multiple processing techniques, including cheese production, whey processing, and fluid dairy products.

Navigate the essential topic of sanitation in a processing plant, ensuring a thorough grasp of the practices that maintain product quality and safety. This course combines theoretical insights with practical applications to provide a well-rounded understanding of dairy processing, making it an invaluable resource for industry professionals and enthusiasts alike. Join us and elevate your expertise in the dynamic field of dairy processing.

Dress Code

  • Casual, long pants required
  • Closed toe and comfortable shoes
  • Dress in layers (it can get chilly!)
  • No jewelry allowed in creamery/pilot plant
  • Gowns and hairnets will be provided


Registration Fees

Industry (Individual): $450 per person

Industry (Multiple): $400 per person when registering 2 or more participants from the same company

Cal Poly Student: $175

Registration fees include course materials and daily parking pass.


May 14 @ 8:00 am
May 15 @ 5:00 pm
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